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SK58 Year List Competition: Mick Clay again tops the leader-board with 136 species, with Brian Chambers in 2nd place with 128 species. Followed by Andy Hirst with 126, Keith Trow with 119, Geoff Facer with 110 and Duncan Bye with 91. Well Done Mick!

28th December The SK58 Christmas walk produced some good birds including 50 Greenfinch at Slade Hills, and a modest number of Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting & Linnet at Slade Hills, with Merlin through. 8 Teal at Roche Abbey & 40 Mallard. Over Kings Wood corner were an impressive pair of Raven, gronking away as they went >SW. Along Kings Wood were many Marsh Tit, with Buzzard on East Field Lane. Returning to Laughton for a welcome pint & meal at the St Ledger.

27th December 3000 Golden Plover at Axle Lane today.

26th December On Brown Bailey's today were single Great Crested Grebe,1 Little Grebe,14 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard,17 Black-headed Gull and 11 Great Black-backed Gulls >SW. At Axle Lane were 2000 Golden Plover, 82 Herring Gulls >S, 12 Great Black-backed Gull >S, 12 Lesser Black-backed Gull & 2 Sparrowhawk.

25th December At Axle Lane today were 2000 Golden Plover.

24th December At Axle Lane were 2000 Golden Plover & unusually 2 Tree Sparrow. At Langold Lake were 14 Gadwall, 3 Pochard, Grey Wagtail, 28 Tufted Duck, 56 Mallard, 72 Coot, 15 Moorhen, 10 Common Gull, 271 Black-headed Gull and 5 Great Crested Grebe.

21st December A skein of 60 Pink-footed Geese over Throapham this afternoon.

16th December Male Blackcap feeding in Yew tree in Carlton Wood
13th December Barn Owl perched on a fence post by Gateford roundabout (A57) at 23:00
10th December Still 2000 Golden Plover at Axle Lane
9th December Along Rackford Lane were 27 Blackbird, 109 Rook, Sparrowhawk, Willow Tit, 21 Yellowhammer, 25 Chaffinch & Peregrine >W, with Buzzard at Anston Grange
8th December A Great Northern Diver reported over Langold Lake today (Black-necked Grebe still present). If anyone knows who had the diver could they please contact either the SK58 recorder, or the Notts County recorder, as a description is required for this major inland rarity.
7th December Golden Plover have risen to 2000 at Axle Lane
5th December Still 1500 Golden Plover on Axle Lane
4th December At Axle Lane today were 1500 Golden Plover
24th November On Langold Lake today: The Black-necked Grebe is still present and thrives, feeding at south end of main lake, plus 29 Tufted Duck, 75 Coot, 54 Mallard, 36 Canada Geese, 12 Moorhen, 4 Gadwall, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 14 Robin, 16 Goldfinch & c75 Black-headed Gull
19th November The groups Wildfowl Count day produced the following: 4 Marsh Tit at Roche Abbey, Lesser Redpoll, Little Grebe & Buzzard. Firbeck held 2 more Little Grebe, 2 Greylag Geese, 10 Moorhen, 14 Coot & 3 Tufted Duck. Langold Lake was good with 41 Mallard, 26 Tufted Duck, 5 Gadwall, single Wigeon, 4 Great Crested Grebe-the thriving Black-necked Grebe, 8 Common Gull & 400 Black-headed Gull. Little wildfowl at Hodsock, but 50+ Skylark, Linnet & Snipe. Brown Bailey's produced 21 Coot & 8 Tufted Duck
18th November At Kiveton Pit Top today were 4 Grey Partridge, 2 Reed Bunting 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Stonechat, 4 Mute Swan inc. 1 imm. 60+ Black-headed Gull, 300+ Golden Plover, 15 Skylark, 25 Starling, 8 Meadow Pipit,
30+ Rook & 15+ Jackdaw
Black-necked Grebe, Langold Lake 12/11/0613th November At Brown Bailey's today were 20 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe,1 Moorhen, 8 Tufted Duck & 1 male Goosander
12th November-Highlight of the weekend was another first for SK58-a winter plumage Black-necked Grebe, twitched by the keener SK58 members.
8th November New earthworks (New road to Hospice @ NAPT) attracting birds with 5 Pied Wagtails, 18 Black-headed Gull and mixed flock of 50+ Corvids with f Kestrel perched on new lighting pole. Cramfit Brook held 10 Moorhen, 4 Mallard, 3 Grey Wagtail, On edge of overflow were Green Woodpecker feeding and pair of Bullfinch in Sloe bushes with 4 Grey Partridge on NE edge of scrape.
7th November At NAPT today mid-afternoon stroll. Site was fairly quiet apart from 40+ Golden Plover >SW probably heading for Axle Lane. Highlight was ad Buzzard feeding on earthworms in College Fields, it then took off >SSW before veering NW towards Brampton Common.
4th November At Anston Grange Farm today were Woodcock, 110 Skylark, 22 Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, 36 Yellowhammer, 7 Tree Sparrow & a Pink-footed Goose sat in ploughed field. At Axle Lane were Corn Bunting, Common Gull, 30 Black-headed Gull, 400 Golden Plover and 55 Skylark
3rd November At Axle Lane today were 200 Fieldfare >S, Corn Bunting, 52 Grey Partridge.
2nd November Dinnington Marsh today-280+ Fieldfare mainly >SW. c45 Starling, 1 Lapwing, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Kestrel & 3 Cormorant >E as well as 5 Siskin, 4 Bullfinch, 5 Robin & 12 Blackbird. At Axle Lane today were 400 Fieldfare >SW, 23 Grey Partridge & 400 Golden Plover
1st November At Axle Lane today were 59 Fieldfare>S plus Corn Bunting
31st October Big passage of Redwing over Throapham, with a few Fieldfare. At Langold Lake were 79 Coot, 57 Mallard, 4 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Wigeon, 2 Goldcrest, 1 Ruddy Duck & Nuthatch
29th October At NAPT were Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, 31 Skylark & 20 Meadow Pipit. Over Axle Lane were 78 Lapwing >W, Merlin-male, probably the same bird as the 27th but better views, sat in field on A57 side of wall for 25 minutes. At Tommy Flockton's Marsh was a single Kingfisher.
28th October At Langold Lake today were 4 Great Crested Grebe, Shoveler, Wigeon,16 Tufted Duck, 74 Coot, 39 Mallard, 8 Moorhen, 4 Gadwall, 2 Bullfinch, 6 Fieldfare, Sparrowhawk & 5 Redwing.
27th October Merlin hunting over Axle Lane early morning
26th October At Axle Lane were 1500 Golden Plover, 316 Redwing >S, 2 Brambling >S, 1 Fieldfare >S & 30 Skylark >S.
24th October At NAPT were Juv Grey Heron in Cramfit Pond, along with 3 Moorhen.
First Jack Snipe at NAPT, feeding on fringes of new pond. Cramfit Brook held Grey Wagtail, 4 Moorhen, 3 Reed Buntings & 10 Long-tailed Tits flitting small trees along banks, and a feeRing Ouzel (m)- N Anstonding Green Woodpecker in between both brooks
23rd October A surprise find was a stunning m Ring Ouzel in a Rackford Road garden today, present all morning
22nd October At Brampton Common were 2 Stonechat (m&f) in field with horses to north side
18th October At NAPT were 3 separate small coveys of Grey Partridge mainly eastern slopes of plateau and edge of scrape, 14 in total. Imm Grey Heron appears to have claimed the "oxbow pond" feeding regularly there near N culvert. 21 Black-headed Gulls on scrape most of pm with amazingly 6 very late Common Tern near small pond N on scrape. Stayed for 20mins+ then headed >W towards Axle Lane. Single Reed Bunting, Grey Wagtail & Green Woodpecker in "sandwich" between 2 brooks. College Fields (east) held 3 Fieldfare and single m Pheasant.
17th October No sign of the Eider at Langold, but 3 Great Crested Grebe, 5 Wigeon and single Ruddy Duck at first light, with 8 Wigeon, Kingfisher, and 20 Tufted Duck at 17:45
16th October An imm male Eider at Langold Lake from 17:00 until dusk-this a first for SK58
5th October Stonechat on the wall at Axle Lane this morning
4th October Around NAPT this morning were 18 Grey Partridge in Overflow, 8 Pheasant between Scrape & Overflow, a pair of Grey Wagtail along Cramfit Brook, 2 Kestrel & Sparrowhawk hunting Starlings along fence behind school. Large flock of approx 100 mixed Corvids NE on Scrape with single Common Gull, 8 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 12 Black-headed Gull over >NW, a pair of very late Sedge Warblers and Reed Bunting in reeds, 6 Moorhen in brook with single Mallard. Top plateau held 2 Skylark, 14 Goldfinch, 12 Meadow Pipit and single Wheatear all in W of plateau. Grey Heron over >SE
3rd October At Langold Lake were 53 Mallard, 58 Coot, 21 Tufted Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe & 10 Moorhen. On Carlton Lake were 4 Ruddy Duck.
1st October Again at Dinnington Marsh the Redstart remains plus 15 Robin, 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Tit, 7 Bullfinch & 4 Jay. Along Kirkcroft Road were 59 Collared Dove, 18 Skylark, 4 Mistle Thrush, 15 Blackbird, 29 Greenfinch, 250+ Linnet, 30 Meadow Pipit >S, 28 Lapwing, 40 House Martin >S & 4 Yellowhammer. At Kings Wood corner were 8 Buzzard & 2 Sparrowhawk. Nearby Roche Abbey produced 8 Mistle Thrush, 2 Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, 6 Teal, 2 Little Grebe and a Heron. Langold Lake held moderate wildfowl numbers inc. 2 Heron., 49 Coot, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 20 Tufted Duck, 1f Gadwall, a pair of Wigeon, 24 Mallard, Kingfisher and single Canada Goose. At Hodsock was a single Green Sandpiper, with 4 Great Black-backed Gulls >S & single Buzzard. Little Owl at Dinnington Marsh
30th September At NAPT were 41 Meadow Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12 Song Thrush, 3 Kestrel, 5 Bullfinch, 10 Robin, 7 Dunnock, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Redpoll >S, 40 Skylark >S, 4 Swallow >S and 9 Grey Partridge. At Dinnington Marsh the Redstart remains along with 3 Chiffchaff, 9 Robin, 11 Swallow, 4 Bullfinch, 2 Willow Tit & Tree Sparrow. Also a Tree Sparrow in a Throapham garden on feeders, this the observers first in 9 years.
29th September At Axle Lane again, were 21 Meadow Pipit >S, single Wheatear still, 77 Grey Partridge, 1000 Golden Plover, Peregrine (imm) chasing Woodpigeons. Sparrowhawk and 2 Reed Bunting also on Axle. Tawny Owl calling in S Anston at 04:00
28th September Over Axle Lane this morning were 10 Pied Wagtail >S, 31 Meadow Pipit >S, 160 Skylark >S, Wheatear still, 9 Swallow >S, 200 Canada Geese >W, 500 Golden Plover & 48 Grey Partridge. Plus Peregrine flew over NAPT towards Axle Lane
27th September Single Barn Owl at Brown Bailey's this evening c22:15. Bird flew from Brown Bailey's, over the traffic island and along the hedges of Gateford Road. Earlier in the day at Slade Hills were 5 Red-legged Partridge, nearby at Roche Abbey were 2 Heron, 10 Teal, 5 Buzzard and single Green Sandpiper. At Axle Lane were 12 Pied Wagtail >S, 57 Meadow Pipits >S, Wheatear, 55 Grey Partridge, 73 Skylark >S, 600 Golden Plover, 100 Linnet, and over S. Anston at 03:00 was an Oystercatcher calling
26th September Over Axle Lane, mid afternoon were 3 Buzzard
24th September Single Buzzard over Axle Lane again today
21st September Morning highlights at NAPT were 12 Grey Partridge on wader scrape with Grey Heron for 20 minutes before leaving >SE, f Wheatear on path SW near small pond, 4 Black-headed Gulls and 7 Lesser Black Backed Gulls on scrape, then >SE pm in Anston Stones -highlights were male Sparrowhawk hunting along railway embankment and a pair of Jay up top in SE corner of "last wood"
18th September At Kiveton Pit were c350 Canada Geese & c90 Greylag Geese feeding in stubble field south ofarea, then flew towards RVCP. At Brown Bailey's were 3 Mute Swan (1 ad + 2 imm), 4 Tufted Duck & 4 Jay. At Carlton Lake were single Kingfisher & 4 Ruddy Duck, whilst Roche Abbey held 17 Teal & 1 Green Sandpiper. At Axle Lane were 28 Collared Dove, 3 Stock Dove, 20 Skylark, 3 Wheatear, 15 Meadow Pipit >S, 800 Golden Plover, 70 Linnet, 32 Grey Partridge & 70 Rook
17th September On Kiveton Pit Top today were Blackcap, Whitethroat, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Tit, 26 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Blackbird, 10 Swallow,10 House Martin & 200 Starling plus 18 Skylark & 10 Meadow Pipit >S
16th September A single Dunlin briefly at NAPT this morning
15th September Along Dinnington Marsh were 4 Willow Tit, 2 Jay, 6 Chiffchaff, plus a Small Copper. Over Axle Lane an imm. Hobby hunting, 800 Golden Plover, 250 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 9 Heron & 18 Grey Partridge
11th September A quick trawl around NAPT at 16:00 produced a pair of Wheatear on fence surrounding western pond, Buzzard >W calling and 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls >SE
9th September Along the new track at Dinnington Marsh were Redstart, 3 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, 5 Willow Tit, 2 Goldcrest, 11 Bullfinch, 15 Robin, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Tree Sparrow, 3 Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Coal Tit & 4 Heron. At Axle Lane were 400 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 150 Black-headed Gull, 250 Golden Plover, 50 Linnet & single Wheatear
8th September At Axle Lane were 735 Golden Plover, 34 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 4 Cormorant >S, 30 Linnet, Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail >S, 4 Greylag Geese & 16 Canada Geese. 2 Buzzard over Brown Bailey's today
7th September Over Loscar and Dinnington was a single Buzzard. Axle Lane held 700 Golden Plover, 268 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 53 Black-headed Gull, 4 Greylag Geese & 16 Canada Geese
6th September BELATED NEWS-The White Stork at Retford was first seen >E over Langold Lake on 21st August. This a first for SK58 Birders. Axle Lane held 250 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Partridge, 8 Heron, 36 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 19 Canada Geese, 3 Greylag Geese, 60 House Martin and a healthy 6 Wheatear
5th September At Axle Lane were 250 Golden Plover, 12 Lapwing, 15 Canada Geese, 3 Greylags Geese, 7 Heron, 50 Linnet, 11 Grey Partridge, Whinchat in stubble on main path, between path and wall 250m from S. Anston with 4 Wheatear at end. 2 Barn Owl-1 near nest site, seen and calling and other by farm building calling, at a site within SK58, 2 Little Owl also calling
4th September Still at Axle Lane were 46 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 9 Heron, Hobby hunting finches late evening,Yellow Wagtail, Whinchat, Wheatear (both on wall side late evening), 17 Swallow and 84 Grey Partridge
31st August At Axle Lane were 205 Golden Plover, 58 Swallow, 60 House Martin and f Merlin after finches
30th August Again at Axle Lane were 73 Golden Plover, 8 Heron, 34 Black-headed Gull, 45 Linnet, 16 Grey Partridge, female Merlin at 18:.30 sat in ploughed field for 15 min
29th August At Axle Lane this morning were single Wheatear,Yellow Wagtail & 60 Golden Plover
28th August At Dinnington Marsh were 4 Willow Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 5 Bullfinch, Buzzard, Kestrel & 4 Heron
27th August Back at Dinnington Marsh were 2 Whitethroat & 6 Willow Tit. At NAPT were Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 9 Chiffchaff &Teal
25th August At Axle Lane were 62 Golden Plover, Chiffchaff, 22 Swallow >S and 41 Grey Partridge. At Dinnington Marsh were juv. Redstart, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, 18 Long-tailed Tit, 6 Bullfinch, 3 Willow Tit, 100 House Martin and 46 Mallard >S
22nd August At Axle Lane were Whinchat and 50 Golden Plover. Dinnington Marsh held 30 Long-tailed Tit, 4 Willow Tit, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat and c50 House Martin
21st August At a site 2 Barn Owl were hunting & showing well, with 2 Little Owl nearby plus 3 Jay, Turtle Dove and 11 Grey Partridge.
20th August At Axle Lane were Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 44 Lapwing, 40 Golden Plover, 8 Heron and 11 Swift >S
19th August On Kiveton Pit Top today were 53 Lapwing >W, 3 Sparrowhawk, although the highlight were 2 Greenshank feeding on the scrape. At NAPT the wader scrape is now flooded, with 12 Grey Partridge around. Hodsock remains dry. At Axle Lane were 79 Golden Plover, 45 Swift >S and 14 Swallow >S.
18th August Again at Axle Lane were 4 Heron, 90 Lapwing, 1 Common Tern and a Merlin flew away >E over South Anston. Back at Axle Lane a Sparrowhawk took juv House Martin and an imm. Peregrine took a Grey Partridge, with 6 Heron, Common Tern, 14 Golden Plover and 80 Lapwing present
17th August Over Axle Lane were 35 House Martin, 11 Swift, 10 Swallow, 9 Heron, c80 Lapwing and 45 Golden Plover
15th August At Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 4 Mistle Thrush, 6 Goldfinch, 200+ Starling, 18 Lapwing, 7 Moorhen and 8 Greenfinch. At NAPT were 24 House Martin, 11 Swift, 7 Swallow, 12 Grey Partridge, single Bullfinch, 2 Whitethroat and 4 Goldfinch. At Axle Lane a Whimbrel with up to 50 Lesser Black-backed Gulls >E. With 19 Black-headed Gulls + a further 91 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 9 Heron, 34 Lapwing, 29 Golden Plover, 7 Grey Partridge, Yellow Wagtail and 2 Wheatear, as well as 13 Swallow, 22 Swift, 50 House Martin, 11 Heron, 43 Golden Plover, 4 Lapwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Merlin hunting over stubble, Corn Bunting and Tawny Owl in Windmill Wood. At Dinnington Marsh were 4 Willow Tit, 6 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 5 Bullfinch, Buzzard, Kestrel, 2 Common Tern >N, 40 Long-tailed Tit, 15 Blue Tit and 2 Treecreeper
14th August At Axle Lane were 3 Wheatear, 3 Yellow Wagtail, Corn Bunting, 32 Golden Plover, 24 Lapwing, 9 Heron, 14 Grey Partridge and 59 Swift, plus 35 Greenfinch, 4 Tree Sparrow & 4 Linnet
13th August 2 Wheatear on main path at Axle Lane
12th August Single adult Barn Owl sat on South Yorkshire sign on A57 near Brown Baileys pond at 05.30
10th August At Axle Lane again were 9 Linnet, 85 Lapwing >W, 7 Skylark, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 3 Heron, male Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting and 1 Wheatear (female or juv)
8th August Again at Axle Lane were Golden Plover, 54 Black-headed Gull, 11 Heron, single Whinchat, 30 Skylark, 16 Corn Bunting, 6 Carrion Crow, 16 Lapwing and 26 Linnet. Also Clouded Yellow butterfly at NAPT last week
3rd August 250 Golden Plover at Axle Lane,
1st August At Axle Lane were 150 Golden Plover
29th July Long-eared Owl juvs calling at a traditional site, plus Green Sandpiper over Throapham at 03:45
19th July First Whinchat of the autumn at Axle Lane today
18th July circa 200 Swifts over Throapham this evening, plus Tree Sparrow along Kirkcroft Road
15th July On NAPT today were 2 Turtle Dove, Reed Warbler, 5 Sedge Warbler, 25 Linnet. Also MARBLE WHITE Butterfly on scrape
14th July On Dinnington Marsh were Grey Partridge plus 7 juvs, 3 Reed Bunting, 3 Bullfinch, 10 Willow Warbler (several juvs), 16 Long-tailed Tit and Willow Tit
13th July juv. Turtle Dove at Dinnington Marsh
12th July Little Owl, Buzzard and 4 Yellowhammer at Carr Hill. At Kings Wood corner were Buzzard and 200 Swift
10th July At Axle Lane were 22 Swallow, 13 Skylark, 2 Reed Bunting, 2 Corn Bunting, 100 Swift, Common Tern and 3 Yellow Wagtail.
7th July Axle Lane produced 31 Swallow,14 Skylark, 5 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Corn Bunting.
6th July 134 Swallow at Axle Lane (birds moving), with 28 Swift, 17 Skylark, 3 Corn Bunting, Buzzard and Sparrowhawk
5th July Again at Axle Lane were 15 Skylark, 7 Corn Bunting (some feeding young), 2 Yellow Wagtail juvs and Common Tern
26th June 2 Common Tern at 07:30 at Axle Lane, plus Yellow Wagtail and 2 Corn Bunting
25th June Along First Lane were Buzzard, with another over Grange Farm, plus 2 Corn Bunting and 9 Yellowhammer
24th June At NAPT were 7 Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and 2 Reed Warblers and 2 Sedge Warbler with food, as well as Turtle Dove, Highlight was a Green Sandpiper on the scrape
23rd June At Axle Lane today were 13 Skylark >S, 5 Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and Common Tern. Circa 20 Lapwing plus 10 juv at Brampton Common this evening, plus Curlew and 2 Yellow Wagtail
20th June A pair of Barn Owls, which took up residence in a box now have chicks. This the first breeding record for about 20 years-watch this space. We also have at least 2 pairs of Hobby nesting in the square, with possibly a max. of 4 pairs
15th June Kings Wood corner again was quiet with single Sparrowhawk, and Kestrel and 3 Buzzard, although Treecreeper, Nuthatch and Green Woodpecker in the wood.
13th June The elusive Red Kite was seen again today, circling over Kiveton/ Wales. It's obviously still in the area
11th June Kings Wood corner was quiet today with just 3 Buzzard, and 2 Sparrowhawk.
6th June Along Kirkcroft Road today were 6 Yellowhammer, m Sparrowhawk, 11 Blackbird, 5 Song Thrush, Tree Sparrow, Yellow Wagtail, and Reed Warbler singing from a dike. At Carlton Lake were 3 Ruddy Duck, a pair of Gadwall and a Kingfisher, with Spotted Flycatcher in the church yard.
4th June At NAPT today were 3 Reed Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 4 Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Kestrel, 1 Ringed Plover +3 juvs, 2 Lapwing +nest+juv
3rd June On Dinnington Marsh were 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Buzzard and 2 Bullfinch (a lot of work going on here to upgrade the path). At North Anston Pit Top were 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 1 Reed Warbler. At Kings Wood corner were 7 Buzzard (1 with food), 3 Kestrel, 2 Tawny Owl and Great Spotted Woodpecker
28th May At Kings Wood Corner today were 4 Buzzard & 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull >S. Highlights of the BIG SIT at NAPT were 54 species, including Reed Warbler, Hobby chasing House Martins, Ringed Plover with 4 juv's-last bird of the day was Grey Partridge!
27th May At Dinnington Marsh were Hobby, Jay and Common Tern >S, plus Buzzard high over towards Brampton Common
26th May It's been one of the quietest springs since since the group started, with little moving through. At Axle Lane were 4 Common Tern, 5 Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and 6 Heron
24th May Spotted Flycatcher in Carlton Church yard. Carlton Lake held 4 Ruddy Duck (3m 1f), 15 Sand Martin-the female Wigeon remains. At Brown Bailey's at least 50-70 Sand Martin were present
23rd May At Axle Lane were Oystercatcher >S plus 2 Common Tern. Grasshopper Warbler still at Dinnington Marsh
22nd May 3 Common Tern at Axle Lane plus 2 Yellow Wagtail and 5 Corn Bunting
21st May At Axle Lane were 2 Common Tern
20th May At Kings Wood Corner were Spotted Flycatcher, Hawfinch and 2 Buzzard.
14th May Spotted Flycatcher has returned to Carlton Church-this about the most reliable site in the whole square. Reed Warbler still at NAPT. At Dinnington Marsh were Grasshopper Warbler and Cuckoo.
13th May At Kiveton pit Top were 2 Little Ringed Plover on wader scrape
9th May At Wallingwells Pond today were Garden Warbler and Hobby plus Great Crested Grebe
8th May Between 09:30 to 11:30 at NAPT, a pair of Greylag Geese on scrape island (east), fled when Grey Heron flew in. They flew off SE (Carlton?) after circling site as Heron settled. Grey Partridge (2 pair) in overflow with Kestrel overhead and 3 Reed Warblers singing loudly in reedbed
7th May Along the Chesterfield Canal between Kiveton Station & Stiffs were 2 Garden Warbler by lock top side of stiffs (1 bird ringed), plus 7 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 11 Robin, Grey Wagtail, 7 Song Thrush, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Carrion Crow, 7 Moorhen, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Little Grebe and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (calling in hawks wood at midway). At Kirkcroft Road were 2 Cuckoo, 8 Wren, 8 Dunnock, 12 Whitethroat, 8 Yellowhammer, 15 Blackbird, 14 Skylark, Yellow Wagtail and Sparrowhawk. At Carlton Lake were 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Great Crested Grebe plus 3 juv's. Nearby Langold Lake held 12 Greylag Geese, 16 Mallard, and 5 Great Crested Grebe. NAPT held 5 Sedge Warbler
5th May Again at NAPT were 2 Shelduck on the wader scrape at 19:30, single male Whinchat near over flow and Lesser Whitethroat. At Axle Lane were Whinchat, Wheatear and 3 Yellow Wagtail. 2 pairs of Grey Partridge at Kirkcroft Road, plus 5 Corn Bunting and 3 Yellowhammer at Grange Farm
4th May At NAPT were 3 Swallows, 2 Swifts and 12 House Martins all on top plateau. Grey Heron and Redstart in Cramfit. Scrape held 2 Ringed Plover, 8 Lapwing, 14 Mallard, 2 Stock Dove and good numbers of Corvids. Overflow area held 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Moorhen and single Whitethroat. At Axle Lane were 4 Common Tern, 2 Wheatear, 4 Corn Bunting and 3 Yellow Wagtail. At Carlton Lake were a pair of Great Crested Grebe +3 juvs.
3rd May Turtle Dove at NAPT. At Axle Lane were 3 Wheatear, 7 Yellow Wagtail and 2 Common Tern. At NAPT were 4 Lapwing + a nest and 4 juvs, 2 Ringed Plover and Yellow Wagtail. At Dinnington Marsh were Lesser Whitethroat, Hobby, Redstart, Teal, Cuckoo and 2 Green Woodpecker
2nd May Redstart (f) still at Dinnington Marsh
1st May 2 Common Tern over Axle Lane. Whinchat at Dinnington Marsh. Turtle Dove, 3 Snipe, and Redshank at Brampton Common. Pair of Shelduck at Hodsock, plus Gadwall. Carlton Lake held c20 Sand Martin, plus Wigeon (f) still, with a pair of Great Crested Grebe and 3 stripier juvs.
30th April 2 Cuckoo over Throapham Common. At Kings Wood Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called, plus Hobby >N-Just 4 Buzzard seen. Hobby also recorded a nest site used last year. At Dinnington Marsh was a f Redstart, plus 4 Buzzard displaying.
29th April At Shireoakes Marina were Lesser Whitethroat and 7 Willow Warbler. At Kiveton Pit Top were Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Little Ringed Plover. Over Old Spring Wood were 2 Buzzard displaying. At NAPT were Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Lapwing, Sedge Warbler and 7 Wheatear (5m 2f). At Brampton were Common Tern. Axle Lane produced Wheatear (f). Along Rackford Lane were Barn Owl and 2 Little Owl
27th April 2 Common Tern at Langold Lake. At Axle Lane were Grasshopper Warbler and 6 Corn Bunting, 3 Swift, 3 Whitethroat, and 2 Common Tern. By Rackford Farm were 8 Tree Sparrow and Buzzard. (Also report of a Barn Owl at the Butterfly House for up to 2 weeks in April)
26th April A brisk walk round NAPT produced 35 different species including:-12 Mallard, 6 Moorhen, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, single Swallow, 5 House Martin, 7 Skylark single m Pheasant, 2 Grey Partridge, 5 Lapwing, single Mistle Thrush, Green Woodpecker, Blackcap and Wheatear. At Axle Lane were 5 Corn Bunting, 5 Heron, 30 Skylark, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 2 Whitethroat, 4 Grey Partridge and 3 Blackcap
25th April A pair of Little Owl on cemetery outbuildings at Park Avenue, Dinnington. At Axle Lane today were 2 Common Tern, 6 Corn Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and Sparrowhawk
24th April Reports of a ringtail Hen Harrier over North Anston today
23rd April 2 Barn Owls at Rackford Farm
22nd April At NAPT were 8 Mallard, single Kestrel and Sparrowhawk, 2 Lapwing nests (5 birds), 2 Redshank, single Common Sandpiper, Yellow Wagtail, 9 Wheatear (7m 2f) and single Whitethroat
21st April Cuckoo at Dinnington Marsh.
20th April Red Kite seen again, this time over Todwick, by a bus driver
19th April 2 Shelduck and 2 Yellow Wagtail at Hodsock. Single Whitethroat at Wallingwells. At NAPT were 2 Redshank, 2 Short-eared Owls again, Green Woodpecker and 2 Bullfinch
18th April At NAPT were f Wheatear and 2 Short-eared Owls hunting
17th April At Kiveton Pit Top were Wheatear, Little Owl, 2 Greylag Geese and Yellow Wagtail. At Nearby Tommy Flockton's Marsh were Little Ringed Plover, 7 Teal and 2 Greylag Geese. Grange Farm produced Wheatear, 3 Corn Bunting, whilst Brampton Common produced Cuckoo, 3 Snipe, Curlew, 24 Lapwing, Redshank and 2 Yellow Wagtail. At NAPT were 4 Lapwing, and Short-eared Owl, plus 95 Lesser Black-backed Gulls >NE. On Dinnington Marsh were 2 Green Woodpecker (m),
16th April A Red Kite has been loitering, with records from Kiveton Park, and Sandbeck (13th). The bird is thought to still be in the area. At Dinnington Marsh were 6 Song Thrush, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 4 Bullfinch, Buzzard, Lesser Redpoll >N and 7 Carrion Crow. At Brampton were Cuckoo, 33 Lapwing, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Redshank, Buzzard, 2 Willow Warbler, 8 Snipe, 3 Reed Bunting and 6 Golden Plover. From Kings Wood Corner were Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 10 Buzzard, 6 Sparrowhawk, 2 Kestrel, and 6 Swallow >N and 2 Nuthatch. Hodsock revealed 2 Snipe,16 Lapwing, Buzzard and 2 Gadwall. At NAPT 2 Wheatear males, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Grey Partridge and 4 Lapwing
15th April At Axle Lane were 3 Corn Bunting,14 Skylark, 3 Golden Plover and Yellow Wagtail >N. Little Owls nesting at the top of Carr Hill
14th April 2 Corn Bunting and 1 Wheatear at Axle Lane. At NAPT were 2 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler,12 Skylark and 4 Lapwing. Kingswood Corner produced 10 Buzzard, 7 Sparrowhawk, 4 Kestrel, 2 Tawny Owl, 6 Sand Martin >N, 9 Swallow >N, 5 House Martin >N, Lesser Redpoll and 27 Black-headed Gull. At Brampton were Snipe, 2 Redshank, 11 Lapwing and Little Owl .
13th April Over Axle Lane were 46 Meadow Pipit >N, 28 Skylark, 2 Corn Bunting, 328 Golden Plover, 2 Sand Martin >N ,Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap and Buzzard
11th April At NAPT -were 2 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Willow Tit, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Grey Partridge. At Hodsock were single Green Sandpiper and Buzzard, plus 5 Snipe, 15 Teal, 45 Swallow, 8 Sand Martin, 1 Chiffchaff, 14 Gadwall and 26 Lapwing At Axle Lane were single Wheatear and 450 Golden Plover
10th April Willow Warbler at Langold Pit Top
9th April 2 Grey Wagtail at Kingswood Close-Firbeck. At Brampton Common were 12 Lapwing, 18 Snipe, a pair of Gadwall and 2 Redshank
8th April 2006 A visit to Carlton Wood produced 2 Stock Dove, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Common Buzzard and Chiffchaff. In fields between Carlton & Woodsetts were 5 Herring Gull >W, 1 Cormorant >N, at Owday Wood -Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Chiffchaff. At Carlton Lake 1 Common Buzzard, male Ruddy Duck, 2 leucistic Moorhen and 4 Greylag Geese. At a site in the square a pair of Little Ringed Plover have returned, along with Ringed Plover defending a territory
6th April Kingfisher at Kingswood Close-Firbeck. Along the Chesterfield Canal were 10 Chiffchaff+ 8 return via Lindrick, 4 Blackcap+ 2 return via Lindrick, 1 Willow Warbler at Shireoaks and 1 male Wheatear at Shireoaks Marina. The farmer at Brancliffe Grange reports the Little Owl is still present but elusive. Plus 2 Barn Owls have been using his barn although only one has been seen in recent months. He also reports that a single Swallow was first seen there on the 1st April and that 23 nests were in use on the farm in 2005.
5th April Hodsock produced 4 Swallows feeding, c16:00
4th April At Kiveton Pit Top 3 Wheatear (1 male 2 female).
3rd April Over Langold Lake were 25 Sand Martin, 3 Heron, 1 Blackcap singing, 8 Great Crested Grebe with 2 Gadwall at Tommy Flockton's Marsh
2nd April From Kingswood Corner were 9 Buzzard, 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Sand Martin and a Tawny Owl. At Hodsock were Swallow, 3 Snipe and 2 Oystercatcher
31st March Hawfinch and 11 Siskin at Firbeck Hall today
30t March An evening visit to Firbeck Hall produced 2 Goldcrest calling, 20 Sand Martin, 2 Grey Heron, 1 Tawny Owl calling, 2 m Crossbill, but no sign of any Hawfinch coming into roost. 2 Ringed Plover remained at NAPT, with 2 Lapwing and a Golden Plover. At Common Road a Little Owl returned. Hodsock was impressive this evening with 3 Green Sandpiper, 21 Snipe, 32 Teal, 12 pairs of Gadwall, c 20 Lapwing, a pair of Shelduck, Green Woodpecker, Chiffchaff, 21 Pied Wagtail, Buzzard, 48 Fieldfare and a few Skylark
29th March On NAPT wader scrape -were 2 m Wheatears and 2 Ringed Plover
28th March Present today at Brampton Common were 16 Lapwing, 12 Mallard, 1 Heron, 200 Fieldfare, 100 Starling, 25 Meadow Pipit and 3 Redshank-the first of the year. Carlton Lake held 1 Ruddy Duck, 2 Great Crested Grebe (on nest), 1 m Pochard, 56 Canada Geese and 6 Greylag Geese. Nearby Hodsock held 22 Lapwing, 13 Gadwall, 25 Teal, 2 Oystercatcher and 6 Herring Gull. On Langold Lake were a staggering 15 Great Crested Grebe, 18 Tufted Duck, 1 Goosander (f), 43 Canada Geese, 2 Greylag Geese, 19 Coot and 16 Mallard. Firbeck Hall held 97 Canada Geese, 1 Shelduck (from Hodsock?) and a Buzzard. Lingodell produced 52 Canada Geese, 1 Greylag Goose and single Oystercatcher. Kingswood Corner were the first Sand Martin of the year (2), plus 5 Buzzard
27th March Jack Snipe at Brampton Common today, plus 6 Snipe, a pair of Gadwall and a dozen or so Mallard and Lapwing. At NAPT were m Wheatear, a pair of Ringed Plover (displaying) and 2 Lapwing
26th March At Carlton Lake were 2m Ruddy Duck, 5 Greylag Geese, 1f Wigeon, 4 Tufted Duck and 6 Mallard. At Hodsock were a pair of Shelduck, 86 Teal, c25 Lapwing, 6 Gadwall and 6 Mallard
25th March At Axle Lane were 7 Corn Bunting,12 Skylark, 4 Greylag Geese >W,19 Meadow Pipit >N and 2000 Golden Plover. Firbeck Hall produced 21 Hawfinch, 60 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Little Grebe, 5 Greylag Geese and 3 Coal Tit. Nearby Hodsock held 3 Oystercatcher, 30 Lapwing, 40 Teal, Shelduck and 5 Snipe. Carlton Lake revealed 2 Buzzard. Late morning at Kings Wood Corner produced 9 Buzzard. Within the square a female Goshawk put on a brief display, mobbing 2 Buzzard.
23rd March A Little Owl at Rackford Farm
20th March 10.00 am to mid-day at Firbeck Hall -Buzzard Immediately above the hall, 24+ Hawfinch continually moved round the hall until 11.45 then disappeared. Also 2 m Crossbill (there could have been females there as well). Very vocal Song Thrush, 2 Nuthatch, Lapwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker calling. Pair of Long-tailed Tits gathering feathers. Pair of Kestrel together. 40+ Siskins feeding. 60+ Fieldfare flew over
19th March The amazing weekend continued with a party of Whooper Swan through Axle Lane >W plus Curlew. Highlight of the day was a Raven >S from Kings Wood, this the groups 3rd ever record. At Gateford were 9 Waxwing at the A60 end of Ashes Park Avenue, which remained all day, and the next. Firbeck continued to attract hoards of birders from far afield, with up to 50 Hawfinch were observed. In the grounds were also Crossbill and 3 Oystercatchers near the big house. Carlton Lake produced Ruddy Duck, 2 Greylag Geese and a female Wigeon. Hodsock produced 35+ Teal, 4 pairs of Gadwall and a Buzzard
18th March An amazing weekend, as birds pushed through SK58. Hawfinch numbers topped the 80 bird mark, this must be the highest concentration anywhere in the country. These are presumably birds returning to the continent following the the autumn influx. The best time to see these birds is in the morning when they leave the roost, and move to the grounds of the hall, before dispersing to nearby woodland. PLEASE STAY ON PUBLIC PATHS as this site is private. Typically 20-30 birds can be seen. Also here this morning were Crossbill over and Woodlark over Kings Wood. Over Thornbury Hill were 35 Lesser Redpoll
17th March Good numbers of Tree Sparrow at Princes Plantation, Firbeck
16th March A visitor from Huddersfield counted up to 70 Hawfinch at Firbeck this morning.
14th March Kingfisher at Kingswood Close. Also a welcome return of Song Thrush, several in Firbeck village singing this morning
15th March Jack Snipe at Brampton Common, plus 2 Snipe, 300 Woodpigeon, 20 Mallard, 16 Lapwing, 25 Pied Wagtail and Buzzard. A Long-eared Owl at a site hunting at dusk
14th March A staggering 30 Hawfinch at Firbeck Hall today (highest count ever). BirdGuides (private site-please stick to public rights of way). At Brampton Common this evening were 18 Snipe, single Jack Snipe, 14 Lapwing and 100+ Starling. At Carlton Lake were 2 Great Crested Grebe, first Ruddy Duck of the spring and 4 Goosander. On Langold Lake were 6 Pochard, 13 Tufted Duck, 24 Coot, 24 Mallard, 6 Goosander and 7 Great Crested Grebe. At Hodsock were 40+ Teal, 25+ Pied Wagtail and 10 Lapwing. Along East Field Lane were 68 Lapwing. Dinnington Marsh produced 2 Woodcock at dusk.
13th March Still 20+ Hawfinch at Firbeck Hall today-BirdGuides (private site-please stick to public rights of way). Barn Owl over NAPT this evening-moved off >W
12th March 21 Hawfinch at Firbeck Hall today-BirdGuides (private site-please stick to public rights of way)
11th March 4 Ringed Plover at NAPT this morning
9th March 9 Great Crested Grebe at Langold Lake
8th March Female Merlin hunting early morning at Axle Lane for 40 min, late evening produced 3000 Golden Plover. A Merlin continues to be erroneously reported from Lingodell on some of the news services
7th March A Ringed Plover >E over N. Anston
6th March At NAPT a single Ringed Plover on the wader scrape.
5th March Firbeck Hall held 8 Hawfinch, 2 Grey Wagtail and 1 Nuthatch. Can we ask that birds found here are not put out on the bird news services, as this is a private site without public access. On the Chesterfield Canal between Kiveton Bridge Station & Hawks Wood were 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker and 1 Kestrel. In Hawks Wood were 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Willow Tit. Old Spring Wood held 6 Goldcrest and Treecreeper. 10 Buzzard from Kings Wood corner this morning.
4th March At Axle Lane were 600 Golden Plover and 21 Grey Partridge. Along the Chesterfield Canal were 7 Goldcrest, 24 Great Tit, 12 Blue Tit, 9 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 8 Blackbird, Green Woodpecker, 3 Song Thrush, 4 Tree Sparrow, Kingfisher and unexpectedly a Ringed Plover >S, 24 Chaffinch, 2 Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, 500 Woodpigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Mute Swan and 6 Tufted Duck
3rd March Along East Field Lane were 18 Lapwing and 7 Red-legged Partridge. Kings Wood Corner produced Common Buzzard, Grey Heron, 2 Nuthatch, 5 Pied Wagtail, 1 Tawny Owl calling. More Late News: Raven: There was a report of 2 >S over Old Spring Wood near Thorpe Salvin on 6th February by RDOS. At Brampton Common 2 Little Owl near the farm. Single Long-eared Owl flying in snow at a site today, with 2 birds here in roost early morning.
2nd March Tommy Flockton's Marsh were 17 Teal, 9 Moorhen, 1 Heron, and a Lapwing. On Chesterfield Canal near Kiveton were 3 Lesser Redpoll.
1st March LATE REPORT-Firecrest taken into care in mid January at Oldcotes, released the next day-Could this be the same bird at Turnerwood? At NAPT wader scrape: 26 Mallard, 22 Feral Pigeon, 4 Lapwing, 50+ mixed flock of Corvids including at least a dozen Jackdaw. 4 Carrion Crows mobbing Kestrel at corner of Cramfit Copse. Cramfit Brook produced 6 Moorhen, 2 pair of Mallard and Grey Heron, which flew >E, with Grey Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Dunnock and single Snipe. 3 Black-headed Gulls over >NW, male Pheasant in willow scrub near new building works with Kestrel (f) perched in hawthorn near railway line. Alcove Plantation held good numbers of Chaffinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit with resident Green Woodpecker and drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker high in Rowan. As light went a very vocal Tawny Owl calling for approx 1 hour. In a N. Anston garden all week a pair of Siskin were feeding on sunflower hearts & mealworms.
27th February Grey Wagtail at Kingswood Close, Firbeck
26th February Flock of Siskin at Kingswood Close, Firbeck
25th February Firbeck was alive with Hawfinch today, at least 8 were counted here this morning-even singing. At least 2 Water Rail at Carlton Lake today, very vocal. East Field Lane was lively with 400+ Linnets, 50 Chaffinch, 4 Bullfinch, 10 Yellowhammer and 3 Brambling just along Scamming Lane in game cover. 150 Fieldfare at Lingodell.
24th February In a Todwick garden were 25 Chaffinch, 25+ Greenfinch, and 19 Yellowhammer. At Hodsock today were c70 Teal and 15 Mallard. Woodcock over Kings Wood at 23:00
23rd February In a Todwick garden today were 2 Brambling.
20th February A pair of Brambling in Carlton Wood on first path into wood from Long Lane. In a Todwick garden today were 21 Yellowhammer
19th February Hodsock was lively today with 3 pairs of Gadwall, 42 Teal, 2 Grey Wagtail, a Green Sandpiper dropped in, plus a stunning male Merlin hunting finches. Dinnington Marsh was quiet apart from 6 active Bullfinch, single Snipe, Siskin, Treecreeper and 15 Fieldfare.
18th February 1 Buzzard flew over road between Woodsetts and Brown Baileys at 14:41 hrs. A stroll around Carlton Wood produced 6 Nuthatch, 3 Treecreeper, 2 drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker, Tawny Owl-alas no Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Kings Wood corner revealed 7 Buzzard, a f Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. Langold Lake held 7 Great Crested Grebe, 2 m Pochard and a Buzzard
15th February The elusive Rough-legged Buzzard continues to be reported in the Lingodell area, last seen today feeding on a rabbit.
13th February Lesser Spotted Woodpecker in Carlton Wood , plus 3 Buzzards, 1 sat in the wood and 2 circling plus Woodcock. Reports of resident female Merlin at Lingodell appear to be unfounded (BirdGuides website).
11th February No sign again of Firecrest, however Water Rail showed extremely well at Turnerwood
10th February A stroll around NAPT produced: On wader scrape were: 18 Mallard, 24 Feral Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 8 Carrion Crow and 3 Jackdaw. Cramfit Brook produced a pair of Grey Wagtail, 5 Wren, 3 Moorhen, pair Mallard, single Blackcap, Bullfinch and Snipe with pair of Wigeon near pumping station. College Fields : 12 Fieldfare, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 8 Great Tit, 9 Blue Tit and single Green Woodpecker. Overflow treeline held single male Kestrel with 3 Black-headed Gulls >NE. Barn Owl seen 22.20, crossing Owdy Lane near bad bends at bungalow.
9th February A 3 hour search failed to find the Firecrest this morning along the Chesterfield Canal at Turnerwood. Birds seen included 5 Moorhen, 5 Coot, 47 Mallard, 11 Tufted Duck, and 5 Mute Swan
8th February Firecrest this morning (10:45) just below Turnerwood in the trees alongside the Chesterfield Canal across from the last large house towards Shireoaks, where the feeder stream runs alongside. Present with 6 Goldcrests, 2 Treecreepers and about 8 Long-tailed Tits. Wigeon still present on Carlton Lake
7th February A very dark Buzzard today drifting NW over Shireoaks Marina at 11:45. 90+ Siskins in young Alders at marina car park area. The majority were all males (just two or three females). At 10:15 a flock of 32 Siskin in the Alders on the River Ryton, behind the cricket ground pond and these were all females except one. Single Wigeon on Carlton Lake
6th February At Langold Lake today were 17 Goosander, 6 Mistle Thrush, 45 Mallard, 29 Coot, 54 Canada Goose, 5 Pochard (3m 2f), 3 Great Crested Grebe -including 2 displaying and 12 Moorhen
4th February At Langold Lake were 20 Goosander (5m &15 f), 4 Pochard, 4 Greylag Goose, 3 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Bullfinch, 2 Marsh Tit, 25 Siskin, 500 Woodpigeon, 12 Skylark, 21 Meadow Pipit and 64 Lapwing >E. At Hodsock were Buzzard, Kestrel, Tawny Owl and 20 Meadow Pipit. Carlton Lake produced 25 Moorhen (inc. 2 leucistic), 91 Canada Goose, 2 Gadwall and 80 Goldfinch.
3rd February Axle Lane held 2000 Golden Plover
31st January Nothing much around today -Lingodell 1 Greylag Goose, 136 Canada Goose, 150 Fieldfare, 100 Starling, 1 Buzzard. NAPT -very quiet, 1 Willow Tit, 3 Bullfinch, 19 Black-headed Gull, 12 Mallard and 2 Grey Wagtail.
30th January Firbeck Hall produced single Shelduck, 3 Tufted Duck, 22 Coot, 12 Moorhen, 4 Mallard and 125 Fieldfare. 4 Cormorant >S over Axle Lane.
29th January At Axle Lane were 2000 Golden Plover, Brampton Common produced 10 Tree Sparrow, 40 Redwing, 50 Fieldfare, Buzzard, Snipe and a pair of Stonechat. At Kings Wood corner were 2 Nuthatch, Marsh Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Buzzard
28th January Over East Field Lane were 2 Buzzard, 400 Linnet, 3 Brambling, 40 Chaffinch, 30 Greenfinch, 8 Long-tailed Tit, 12 Blackbird, 84 Lapwing, 200 Rook, 100 Black-headed Gull, 6 Yellowhammer, 2 Bullfinch and 2000 Golden Plover over. At Lingodell were 148 Fieldfare and single Buzzard. At Dinnington Marsh were single Jack Snipe, 2 Bullfinch,10 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Kestrel, 13 Lapwing, 4 Mistle Thrush, 8 Grey Partridge and 7 Moorhen.
27th January At Axle Lane today were 2000 Golden Plover
23rd January Firbeck Hall produced 14 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch and 15 Greenfinch. At Langold Lake were 35 Mallard, 18 Tufted Duck, 26 Coot, 12 Moorhen, pair of Gadwall, pair of Goosander, 11 Long-tailed Tit, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 212 Black-headed Gull, 5 Bullfinch, 8 Siskin, 1 Treecreeper and 2 Heron. Carlton Lake held 9 Coot, 16 Moorhen, 1 Great Crested Grebe and single Heron.
22nd January Barn Owl again near Brown Bailey's pond this evening (present here in previous winters)
20th January 2 Woodcock around 14.30 in valley from Slade Hooton towards Roche Abbey (Hooton Dike). No sign of the reported Rough-legged Buzzard, however several pale Common Buzzard around
16th January Just 3 Goosander at Wallingwells Ponds plus Little Owl
15th January 7 Goosander at Carlton Lake all males. A reported Rough-legged Buzzard over Lingodell, present for over a week
14th January 10 Goosander Langold Lake (8f 2m)
13th January Langold Lake held a very impressive 22 Goosander (15 f, 7m), 26 Coot, 51 Mallard, 14 Tufted Duck, 115 Black-headed Gulls, single Heron, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker-male. Nearby Carlton Lake produced 14 Moorhen, +10 Coot, 4 Tufted Duck, 7 Mallard, 2 Heron and single Common Gull. Firbeck Hall yielded 177 Canada Geese, whilst Lingodell produced 32 Canada Geese. On East Field Lane were 500 Rook and 150 Jackdaw.
12th January At Lingodell today were 3 Wigeon.
11th January A pair of Gadwall at Carlton Lake at 14:00
9th January At Langold Lake today were 9 Goosander at 16:00, (5f, 4m)
7th January At Carlton lake were 5 Goosander and a report of a possible Hen Harrier at Lingodell, although no sign at 15:00, with Wigeon here. NAPT was quiet with Green Woodpecker, 3 Snipe, 14 Mallard, Lesser Redpoll and 17 Grey Partridge, plus Chiffchaff and Willow Tit.
6th January Along the Chesterfield Canal, by Hawks Wood: 1 Tawny Owl calling, 1 Nuthatch, 10 Goldcrest, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. At Old Spring Wood: 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Willow Tit and 15 Goldcrest
2nd January Along the Chesterfield Canal today were 49 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 12 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Bullfinch, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 20 Siskin, 3 Willow Tit, Cormorant >W and unusually a male Goldeneye.
1st January Lesser Spotted Woodpecker observed in Carlton Wood this morning At Brampton Common were a pair of Stonechat and 4 Snipe. Turnerwood produced a Water Rail, Tree Sparrow and Mute Swan. Carlton Lake produced Common Gull and Gadwall. Hodsock produced Grey Wagtail, Buzzard, Golden Plover and Tawny Owl.

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